COLUMBUS — A local homeless man found sitting in a Columbus motel parking lot inside a vehicle with another city man last month has been charged with multiple drug and firearm felonies that could send him to prison for decades.
Tyler Palmer, 24, will be arraigned Dec. 22 in Platte County District Court on charges of possession of methamphetamine with intention to deliver while in possession of a firearm and two counts of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.
His bond has been set at $250,000, 10 percent allowed for release. The defendant remained in custody Wednesday at the county jail.
The three charges are all Class 1D felonies, each punishable by up to 50 years imprisonment and each carrying a three-year mandatory minimum sentence.
A Columbus Police investigation got underway Nov. 21 when Investigator Jeremy Zywiec observed two men sitting in the front seat of a parked vehicle in the Victorian Inn parking lot, 3919 23rd St.
After making contact with Palmer, who was sitting in the driver’s seat, and Jeremy Nielsen, 30, seated on the passenger side, the investigator learned through a records check that both had outstanding arrest warrants.
Palmer was being sought for failure to appear on a previous meth possession felony.
During his questioning of Palmer, Zywiec wrote in his arrest statement, he observed the grip of a handgun pushed between the driver’s seat and center console. A second handgun was located under the seat completely concealed, he wrote.
Both guns were loaded.
The investigator reported a baggie containing a crystal substance, which later tested positive for meth, was found in plain view on the driver’s side floorboard. The baggie of meth weighed slightly more than an ounce. A glass pipe was found between the two front seats.
Palmer admitted the handguns, a Colt .22-caliber revolver and Ruger .22-caliber revolver, were his and said he used them for target shooting, Zywiec wrote.